Michal Hladký
3 min

Creative Lenses Forum - Business Models and Value in Culture

Creative Lenses Forum Košice brings up the discussion about what makes cultural organizations successful and resilient. It is going to be about strategies which work and people who bring those strategies to life. We are going to talk about values of culture and its innovative approach to the everyday problems we have to deal with.

We have invited experts to present different cases of culture centers and culture organization with different strengths, funding strategies and business models. With the focus on Eastern European context, especially Slovak one (of course), we would like to analyze good practices and practical models of funding, operation, collaboration, partnership, growth or communication in order to come up with a scenario for business model innovation. We are also going to question whether corporate business logic with business plans and strategies are applicable in culture. We are also going to try to set the best way of how to understand what is the value proposition in case of culture.

If you are culture center, culture organization or creative individual, if you are thinking of establishing a business which has your talent and creativity in its center, then this is a great opportunity to meet, discuss and learn something about different aspects of the work in culture. Innovative approaches might be the inspiration for your next steps.


9:00 Registration
9:30 Welcome and opening by CIKE
9:45 Creative Lenses project

Sandy Fitzgerald will introduce and explain what Creative lenses project is about and what brings 13 different organisations from around Europe to work together and share the values and innovation potential of culture. 

10:10 Case Studies

We selected individual cases to show how different and often difficult is to find the way to your success. What makes the collaboration work, what is fundamental for good partnership, how to fund your dream, how to grow bottom up, importance of community and other aspects of what could make your business model work. 

Teple Mista (UA)
Malý Berlín
A4 - priestor súčasnej kultúry
Stanica Žilina - Záriečie
Divadlo Pôtoň
Cooltour Ostrava (CZ)
Tabačka Kulturfabrik

12:10 Key Note 

Sue Kay will give the morning part of the forum into perspective with the comparison of the two worlds which may or may not be sharing the same values and principles. 


13:45 Business Model Canvas and Value proposition 

World café format workshop which has a goal, based on morning session, to put together most innovative ideas in different fields of operation for business model and try to come up with the ideal solution for cultural organisation based on business model canvas and value proposition.

13:45 CLINIX

For those who has registered : individual clinix session scheduled.

16:20 Closing words

Forum in Košice is fourth out of eight forums in the project Creative Lenses, which is a four-year project (2015-2019) that seeks to make arts and cultural organizations more resilient and sustainable by improving their business models and developing their long-term strategic and innovation capacities. For more info about project:

Forum is organized in cooperation with Anténa - sieť pre nezávislú kultúru.

For Creative Lenses Forum Košice and Clinix register here:

Co-funded by Creative Europe programme of the European Union and Fund for Art of Slovak Republic.